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By Erin Bradley Neer | Trends and ideas disrupting the retail industry.

Inventory Management in the Age of Big Data

We are on the verge of a major upheaval in the way inventory is managed. This revolution is a result of the availability of the huge amounts of real-time data that are now routinely generated on the internet and through the interconnected world of enterprise software systems and smart products. In …

Big Data

Shutting Down Stores Doesn’t Have to Be Bad for Business

When The Gap recently announced its plans to close 175 of its 675 stores in North America, it joined a number of other retail chains — including Staples, Office Depot, Target, and Radio Shack — that have been or soon will be shuttering a slew of outlets for one reason or another. A major challenge …

Cost of Capital

Five reasons Target's deal with CVS Health makes it leaner and meaner

The discount retailer will be better able to focus on its strategic plan, undistracted by a pharmacy business it frankly wasn’t good at.

It’s not easy to walk away from billions of dollars in revenue a year. But Target is getting good at it.

On Monday, Target TGT announced it would sell its …

CVS

Amazon now offers free shipping to non-Prime members for small items

Amazon just made it a lot easier for you to get free shipping on some items, even if you don't pay for its Prime service.

The company just rolled out a new program, called "Fulfillment by Amazon Small and Light," which offers free shipping in the U.S for certain small items that cost $10 or …

Amazon

Buy buy buy: Why all of your favorite social networks want you to shop now

What are you doing on social networks? Chatting with friends? What does that do for the American economy? Nothing, that's what.

Silicon Valley has a better idea: instead of liking baby photos, why aren't you shopping? Yes, it's the e-commerce moment for social media companies like Facebook, …

Facebook

Grocery Industry Tries Not to Freak Out as Amazon Plans Its Own Food Line

Amazon has long been a frenemy to the businesses that sell goods on its site. Soon, grocery food brands are going to get their own taste of why an Amazon relationship can be so complicated.

The company plans to introduce its own line of grocery items, including milk, cereal and baby food, under the …

Amazon

Target CEO's tech Q&A includes talk of Uber partnership, Apple Pay timeline

As Target Corp. continues to push into denser, more urban markets, it's looking at new ways of getting goods to customers, including a possible …

Apple Pay

7 Of The Best Strategic Uses Of Consumer-Facing Tech In Retail & Hospitality

Here are my top picks for pioneers embracing new forms of technology at retail, to differentiate themselves among digitally savvy target audiences. In so doing, they’re better meeting consumer needs such as product customization, or quality and speed of service and payment. Below are 7 standouts …

AT&T

This Is How You'll Shop In 2020

Mall rats, rejoice.

If you want to be happy, recent research suggests, you should spend your money on experiences, not things. It’s a wise sentiment, with income being a limited resource and all. You work hard for your paycheck. You want to get the most out of it.

On the other hand: Shopping is fun! …

Brick and Mortar

Etsy Wants To Bring Its Handmade Wares To A Brick-And-Mortar Chain Store Near You

Selling their handmade wares in big, national stores is a logistical and financial challenge for small businesspeople on Etsy.

By the time Anthropologie placed an order for 10,000 of her screenprinted hand towels and napkins, Kristina Basgen had already been selling her designs on Etsy and at craft …

Etsy

Physical Location Still a Factor in Online-Shopping Decisions

For retailing, the key change produced by the Internet is that shopping online spared consumers the economic costs (in time, grief and gas money) of visiting a store and locating a product. This has been called the “death of distance.” When even isolated individuals can buy anything from a global …

Online Life

11 perspectives on the future of brick-and-mortar retail stores

Last week, we asked readers for their predictions on what role they think brick-and-mortar stores will play in the future. We received many great …

Amazon Offers Cheapest Grocery Delivery in NYC, Study Finds

Amazon.com Inc., which has been seeking to push further into shoppers’ everyday lives, was the least expensive grocery-delivery option in New York …

Lowe's: The Home Improvement Retailer Of The Future

In other blogs I’ve looked at how cutting-edge companies like Amazon and Apple are getting closer to their customers by using consumer data to take the friction out of the purchasing process. That’s why you may be surprised that one of today’s leading lights in the retail space is actually a home …

The Future

Personal engagement is omnichannel experience at Ulta Beauty

Dan BerthiaumeFor fast-growing retailer Ulta Beauty, having an omnichannel presence does not just mean selling products across multiple touch-points. …

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• Just press and never run out
• Buy from Amazon with confidence—get the same low prices we offer on Amazon.com
• Choose from favorite household …

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Amazon wants to help you find a plumber

The company expanding from goods to services.

Amazon is taking aim at dominating yet another area of your life: household services.

The Seattle-based e-commerce company on Monday launched Amazon Home Services, a new platform helping customers find help with a variety of local services. Some of the …

Gap CEO hints at clothing vending machine

How Art Peck is turning to technology to help boost sales

New Gap CEO Art Peck wants to make it clear that he’s willing to be innovative to boost his company’s sales, saying in a recent interview that he’s embracing technology like radio-tagged clothing and even the possibility of a vending machine …

Clothing

Amazon’s On-Demand Services Marketplace Launches Monday

Amazon’s Angie’s List competitor, called “Amazon Local Services,” has been rebranded as “Amazon Home Services” ahead of a larger launch happening Monday, sources familiar with the plans tell TechCrunch. The site, which previously featured only a limited number of service offerings in a handful of …

Amazon

Google opens first shop in London

Another online company has entered the physical retail space: Google has opened an in-store shop in Currys PC World, on Tottenham Court Road in …

Google

Amazon’s Drone Delivery Dreams Just Took a Step Closer to Reality

But don't expect a drone on your doorstep anytime soon

Amazon’s hopes of delivering shipments to customers via drones got a little more real Thursday as federal regulators granted the company approval to test its unmanned aircraft.

The Federal Aviation Administration gave Amazon’s drones what’s …

Amazon

Facebook just bought a startup that can find every product for sale online

Facebook has bought shopping search engine The Find.

We first spotted the news in a tweet before the company announced the acquisition in a post on its website.

TheFind bills itself as "the only way to search the entire shoppable web." Its proprietary search engine lets you type in something you're …

Facebook

Amazon confirms its acquisition of 2lemetry, an Internet of Things startup

Amazon.com has acquired 2lemetry, a startup with a system for sending, receiving, and analyzing data from Internet-connected devices.

“We can confirm that Amazon has acquired 2lemetry, and we look forward to continuing to support 2lemetry customers,” an Amazon Web Services spokeswoman told …

Amazon

Amazon Launches Pinterest-Like Site for New Gadgets and Gear From Inventors

Amazon wants to work with more startup product brands, and it is leveraging its giant customer base to get exclusive deals from the inventors making them.

The company said on Wednesday that it had launched a new online storefront called Amazon Exclusives featuring a small selection of new products, …

Universal Assembly Unit at London Fashion Week: The innovative media company creates an interactive installation that lets visitors experience fashion in a whole new way

The spotlight is on South Africa this week, as Design Indaba is set to start. But it’s not just in its homeland that South African design is on display; in London, the country was one of 29 taking part in the International Fashion Showcase during the recent London Fashion Week. Designers Adriaan …

Is Your Company Ready For The Coming Surge In Mobile Commerce?

It’s no wonder all eyes are now on Barcelona, which is hosting the annual Mobile World Congress. What was once an accessory is fast becoming the way everyone does business.

“Customer experience is transforming very, very quickly, and it’s driven by two things at the same time,” says Thomas Kurian, …

Mobile Commerce

Walmart tests grocery pickup service

Walmart is testing a new online ordering/pickup service at 3 Valley stores.

Groceries

Ace Hardware rolls out delivery service

Snowed in and need a shovel? If you live near an Ace Hardware, you may be able to get that shovel delivered.

That’s because the retailer is rolling …

Curbside Brings A Same-Day Local Pickup Option To Best Buy Shoppers

Not all e-commerce involves home delivery. Mobile shopping app Curbside, which lets users shop from their phones then pick up their purchases at a local retailer without getting out of their cars, has been growing quickly since its debut last year, and is now processing thousands of orders per …

Best Buy